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6 November – 13th Saeima’s first meeting

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe 13th Saeima will gather for its first meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, 6 November. Representatives of parties and associations elected to the Saeima had agreed on the meeting’s agenda beforehand, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

In accordance with rules detailed in the Constitution, the first meeting of the newly elected Saeima will be opened by 12th Saeima speaker Ināra Mūrniece. It is planned the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis will also read a greeting speech to the new parliament.

The first order of business for the new Saeima is electing vote-counters and temporary Mandate, Ethics and Submissions Committee. Members of this committee check election materials and complaints regarding elections, if such were submitted to the Central Election Commission. This committee also prepares reports for the Saeima about approval of deputies’ authority, the parliament explains.

Once elected, deputies swear a solemn oath: ‘I, upon assuming the duties of a Member of the Saeima, before the people of Latvia, do solemnly promise to be loyal to Latvia, to strengthen its sovereignty and the Latvian language as the only official language, to defend Latvia as an independent and democratic State, and to fulfil my duties honestly and conscientiously. I undertake to observe the Constitution and laws of Latvia.’ Each elected deputy then sign their oath.

Saeima Praesidium is elected in an open vote.

Rules of Procedures of the Cabinet of Ministers state that with the first gathering of a newly-elected Saeima, the Cabinet of Ministers has stepped down. The first meeting of the 13th Saeima will conclude will the government announcing the end of its authority. The current government will continue performing its duties until the Saeima has elected a new government.


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